ggrot - 6:45 pm on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)
I see this as a step away from user-centered role that google has played. As long as the top spots are determined by users, then there is at least some type of relevancy mechanism going on. As soon as the top spots are determined by the webmaster's money, then the users are getting a raw deal. Of course, its not terribly serious, but I'd still be concerned.